Health & Wellness Pavillion


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Located in the Exhibit Hall—Open All Day


The Watermark Conference for Women is committed to your health and well-being. Our Health & Wellness Pavilion will feature companies, organizations and experts focused on the latest advancements around mind, body and soul.

7:50 – 8:10 AM
Understanding and Preventing Cancer
Creating “A World Without Fear of Cancer” starts with understanding cancer.  Attend this Cancer 101 learning burst, and walk away with knowledge that empowers you and know what you can do to improve your ability to avoid it.

Dee Khuntia, SVP & chief medical officer, Varian @varianmedsys

9:35 – 9:50 AM
Good Health Is Smart Business for You & Your Company
We hear about well-being, but it can seem contrary to the mounting pressure within organizations to “do more with less.” Why should a company support a culture of well-being, and what does that really mean? Attend this session to learn more about how the workplace can be leveraged to create health, and how you can improve your own personal wellbeing at work.

Cathryn E. Gunther, VP, global population health, Merck & Co, Inc. @merck

11:00 – 11:15 AM
Caring for Yourself as a Caregiver

When we are caring for loved ones that are suffering from an illness, it’s common to put our own needs on the back burner and focus all our energy outward. Learn the importance of self-care and some tips to think about to keep healthy well while you care for others.

Tracy Lopes, VP, service & strategic marketing, Varian @varianmedsys

12:30 – 12:45 PM
Accelerating Your Career While on Parental Leave

More and more companies, particularly in the Bay Area technology sector, are recognizing the importance of paid parental leave. Companies competing for top-talent are being more generous with paid time off and more expansive in their definition of a parent, but not many have addressed the impact of an extended leave, especially for more senior leaders. How can ambitious career drivers take advantage of parental leave benefits without fear of their teams regressing or their careers stagnating? Come learn about an innovative approach we recently piloted at SurveyMonkey that enabled our VP of Product Design to accelerate her career and grow her team while stepping out to bond with her new baby.  

Erica Weiss Tjader, VP, product design, SurveyMonkey @surveymonkey

2:45 – 3:00 PM
Demystifying the Cancer Journey

We can’t create a world without cancer, but we are striving to create a world without fear of cancer. Fear often stems from the unknown. Come learn about the various forms of cancer diagnosis and treatment and how these groundbreaking tools are being used to manage cancer as a chronic disease.

Kolleen Kennedy, president, proton therapy solutions & chief growth officer, Varian @varianmedsys

4:00 – 4:15 PM
How to Support Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities

If you’re like 73% of U.S. workers, you are a parent, caring for an aging loved one, or doing both. Join us to learn how you can effectively influence your organization to build culture, policies, and benefits that support all caregivers. You’ll walk away with five practical strategies to engage your employer—each with a conversation starter and a free tool for your organization to use from AARP’s Employer Caregiving Resources.

Heather Ainsworth, consultant, AARP & CEO, Workable Concept @aarp

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Target Lifestyle Lounge

Join Target in celebrating women – today and every day.

  • Recharge yourself & your devices
  • Kick your feet up and take a break
  • Discover new beauty products
  • Free samples!

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